Issue number one hundred and eighty-seven (August 2016) from the WorldU3A Service, the U3A Asia Pacific Alliance and also the UK Third Age Trust International committee.

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Jeevan Lohani (U3A Nepal), Akiko Tsukatani (U3A Japan), Tom Holloway (WorldU3A), Thomas Kuan (U3A Singapore),
Dianne Delchau (U3A Online Australia), Kathrine Fenton May (U3A Durban, South Africa), Dr Sajjan Singh (U3A India)

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No need to sign up, just the 'Abstracts' on every subject under the sun will provide you with enough intellectual nourishment for days. Strongly recommended. (Thank you Stephen Hodges - North London)

ISU3A India: An excellent article mentioning the University of the Third Age from the Times of India, which is the largest selling English-language daily in the world. Strongly recommended.

GOOD IDEA DEPARTMENT: Please note that a large (2000 pixels) image can be downloaded to your computer and printed onto A4 and used for publicity material and for recruiting new members to your local group. To download it CLICK HERE >>>

(Thank you Apratim Chattopadhyay, ISU3A Eastern Zone)

MOOCS (Massive Open Online Courses):
The Commonwealth of Learning's interest in MOOCs is rooted in its mission to increase access to quality education and training in an equitable and affordable manner. The MOOC is the only scalable educational technology that was developed by and for educators.

We have, over the last three years, partnered with various institutions to offer ten MOOCs for learners in developing countries. We have been successful in offering MOOCs to a wide range of learners, from research professionals to university students as well as to farmers and extension workers. We recognise that most of the learners in developing countries have access to the Internet with relatively limited bandwidth, require offline access to learning materials and are not quite used to the online, peer-to-peer interactions that are taken for granted in the design and management of mainstream MOOCs. Click here for more >>>

This important international U3A conference will bring together the combined Governing Boards of AIUTA, the International Association of Universities of the Third Age, and the U3A Asia Pacific Alliance.
For the Conference Registration Form (pdf) please click here >>>

Report from JR Gupta, President of India Society of U3A: In July U3A Senior Citizens Delhi, in association with Max Hospital, ran another in their series of Health Checks for more than 120 elderly people. It included ECG, MDI, Blood and Sugar levels. and also Cardiology, Dental and General diseases.
Report from U3A Senior Citizens of Chennai:
Dr. Capt. M. Singaraja, in his presidential address appreciated both the great and premier institutions viz., Chinmaya Mission Seva Trust and Ethiraj college for Women for their excellent community service and academic advancement and he honored the students and NSS coordinator Dr. Navaneetha Lakshmi. He complimented Swami Mitrananda, for blending spirituality and modern management science and the Principal of Ethiraj College, Dr. A. Nirmala. Dr. A. Nirmala is the leading light to thousands of students with the able guidance of Ethiraj College Management Board Chairman Mr. V. M. Muralidharan. She received the first copy of “Sweet -21” and highlighted in her sweet and thought provoking speech, how Ethiraj College is a standing example of solidarity of youth and elderly.

Tree Planting: Under the inspiration of Dr Pradeep Sinha (standing) 170 Senior Citizens of U3A Allahabad and other groups came together in July to plant trees and enjoy a communal meal.

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